Kristin Johnson's Profile

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Gourds have so many amazing shapes and sizes. . . they are like canvases waiting to be worked on! When I create Gourd Art I am praising Jesus. I start by incorporating a verse that has touched my life, then I spend endless hours creating simple designs around the words. Many times I pray for you, the owner of my gourd creations.

I began learning about gourds when I attended an Art Teacher's Conference in Michigan and learned how to create a little basket like Nigerian artists. I was hooked. What a wonderful medium to work with! I look at a gourd and often imagine a bowl from the bottom, a vase from the top, and many beads from the middle. I woodburn the basic lines, cut the gourd apart with my knife or micro gourd saw, then clean out the innards. I spend lots of time carving and sanding each piece. Then I woodburn intricate designs inside and out of the gourd. My favorite…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 15
  • Joined March 12, 2009

Favorite materials

gourds, oil pastels, wooden beads, black wire, black cord

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About

Gourds have so many amazing shapes and sizes. . . they are like canvases waiting to be worked on! When I create Gourd Art I am praising Jesus. I start by incorporating a verse that has touched my life, then I spend endless hours creating simple designs around the words. Many times I pray for you, the owner of my gourd creations.

I began learning about gourds when I attended an Art Teacher's Conference in Michigan and learned how to create a little basket like Nigerian artists. I was hooked. What a wonderful medium to work with! I look at a gourd and often imagine a bowl from the bottom, a vase from the top, and many beads from the middle. I woodburn the basic lines, cut the gourd apart with my knife or micro gourd saw, then clean out the innards. I spend lots of time carving and sanding each piece. Then I woodburn intricate designs inside and out of the gourd. My favorite technique for adding color is to use oil pastels. I color them on a paper, dip my brush in mineral spirits, then brush the color. It creates a paint which covers the gourd with a gentle color, yet enhances the natural color of the gourd.

This year I have really been thinking and teaching about how people are like gourds! We are all different shapes and sizes. We grow and change. We have scars and blemishes. We need Someone to clean us inside and out and we need Someone to create us into His masterpiece! Praise the Lord. . .He is still working on me minute by minute.

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